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N’Golo Kante harm, Thiago Silva contract, Rafael Leao curiosity

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Chelsea have travelled to Italy this week for his or her Champions League group stage conflict with AC Milan, having comfortably crushed the Rossoneri final week in what was truly a primary European win of the season for Graham Potter’s aspect.

Since then, Chelsea have constructed on their rising momentum with a Premier League victory over Wolves during which Potter made quite a lot of adjustments to relaxation gamers.

One other win is important for Chelsea in a decent Group E the place high and backside are separated by simply two factors midway by means of the group stage.

Learn on for the important thing elements of Potter’s pre-match press convention…

Why did N’Golo Kante & Hakim Ziyech not journey?

“Hakim is unwell, and N’Golo we’re simply ready on. He had a response in coaching. So we’re simply ready for the information of that. Hakim’s received a sore throat, in order that’s why he did not journey.

“[The Kante situation is] not splendid, and it’s disappointing for him and us. So now we have to attend and see the extent of it and go from there.

“Everybody [else] is out there [apart from Wesley Fofana]. The actual fact we might rotate just a few [against Wolves] has in all probability helped us by way of availability for this recreation and, hopefully, a little bit of freshness. We will want that as a result of it’ll be a bodily demanding recreation.”

How is Thiago Silva’s sickness?

“He was okay after we performed AC Milan, however he simply received a bit of bit worse because the week went on. Ultimately, as a result of there have been solely two days between the video games, it did not make sense to play him once more. However he is recovered effectively.”

How impressed have you ever been with him general?

“He is been extremely spectacular on and off the pitch. He’s a pacesetter. He is a high skilled and a high particular person. He is been once more a pleasure to work with.”

How lengthy can he preserve enjoying on the highest stage?

“I feel the choice is Thiago’s. I have been right here three or 4 weeks. I see his qualities. He is an unimaginable particular person, unimaginable participant. The extent he can play at, the efficiency stage he can attain, and the respect he has by means of the sport is simply unimaginable.

“All I can do is attempt to assist him get pleasure from his soccer right here, be a part of a successful staff and the entire relaxation is one thing for him and the membership to consider.”

Would successful at San Siro be a press release win?

“That is our problem. That is what now we have to attempt to do. It’s an unimaginable place right here, and it will likely be a totally totally different recreation.

“AC Milan will attempt to use the house benefit as we did final week. It’s two good groups, two evenly-matched groups. So it will likely be a implausible recreation, and I am wanting ahead to it.”

Will Chelsea use the identical formation as final week’s 3-0 win?

“I will not inform you about how we’ll line up! However we’re pleased with the choices that now we have that is for positive. We’re anticipating a extremely powerful recreation, AC Milan have numerous good gamers and a robust staff.”

What do you consider Rafael Leao after seeing him play final week?

“The participant you talked about is a part of that staff. You’ll be able to see his high quality and what he brings. He is a part of a robust staff, a robust membership and a robust set-up, and we respect that.”

How a lot confidence has three wins in a row dropped at the staff?

“As I used to say at Brighton, wins are one of the simplest ways to persuade those that your concepts can work, and it’s only a short while. So I am not getting carried away.

“Wins assist, nevertheless it’s about attending to know the gamers and the method. However everyone knows that we have to win as effectively. So it was a great week, nevertheless it was solely per week.”

How upset are you to see your former participant Enock Mwepu pressured to retire?

“Actually horrible, however fortunately, it is not as horrible because it possibly might’ve been as a result of I feel he has been as fortunate as he might be within the sense that he’s alive and effectively.

“That’s one thing we’re actually grateful for. However at 24 years outdated, to not be capable of play soccer places all the pieces in perspective. I attempted calling him right this moment – I despatched him a message – he’s a implausible particular person, and no matter he does, he’ll achieve his life. Nevertheless it’s a disgrace we can’t see him on the pitch.”

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